Best Music Festivals in Japan 2023
Best Outdoor Music Festivals in Japan in Summer
Outdoor music festivals are one of the top attractions all around the world during summer. Various music events are held here in Japan, too, featuring Japanese and international musicians including some of the world’s greatest artists. A wide variety of music events are available today with different music genres such as Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B and EDM.
If you are into music festivals or wish to learn Japanese culture through the music, take a chance to join some of greatest music events in Japan this year! In this article, I’d like to introduce the best music festivals in Japan held in 2023. So let’s check them out 🙂
-Fuji & Sun
Date: 13, 14 May 2023
Fuji & Sun is an outdoor festival held at the foot of Mt Fuji in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture. With the astonishing view of Mt Fuji, visitors enjoy this unique festival through music, activity and camping in a relaxed, open-air space.
Venue: Mt Fuji Children’s World
Ticket info: https://fjsn.jp/ticket.html
Date: 27, 28 May 2023
The Greenroom Festival is held at Minato Mirai area in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture annually since 2005. The festival features music, art and films which are dedicated to surf and beach culture with the concept of “Save The Beach, Save The Ocean”.
In 2022, Greenroom Festival was held for 2 days on 28 and 29 May, featuring Japan-based artists including Nulbarich, Dragon Ash, Def Tech, SIRUP and Vaundy.
Venue: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Ticket info: http://greenroom.jp/tickets/
-ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL
Date: 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 August
Rock in Japan Festival is one of the largest music event in the country dedicated to Japanese rock and pop music. The music festival is held at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture and features numbers of the biggest Japanese artists and bands.
In the past two years, ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL was not held due to COVID-19, yet in 2022, the event was held in early August in a new location (Soga Sports Park in Chiba Prefecture). Further information will be announced once it’s confirmed.
Venue: Soga Sports Park
Ticket info: http://rijfes.jp/ (Japanese)
-Rising Sun Rock Festival
Date: 12, 13 August 2022
Rising Sun Rock Festival is an outdoor, all-night rock festival held annually in Hokkaido for over 20 years. The event mainly features Japanese rock and indie artists.
The event was cancelled due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, yet it came back in 2022. More details for this year to be announced in near future.
Venue: Tarukawa Wharf of Ishikari Bay New Port, Ishikari City
Ticket info: https://rsr.wess.co.jp
Fuji Rock Festival
Date: 28, 29, 3o July 2023
Fuji Rock Festival is the biggest outdoor music festival in Japan which features over 200 Japanese and international artists in 3 days, inviting over 100,000 visitors every year. The event is held in Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture.
In 2023, Fuji Rock Festival is scheduled to held for 3 days on the last weekend of July, featuring both Japanese and international artists. The lineup will be announced in near future.
Date: 19, 20 August 2023
Along with Fuji Rock Festival, Summer Sonic is counted as another biggest music event in Japan. The event takes place in Tokyo (ZOZO Marine Stadium) and Osaka (Maishima Sonic Park) for 2 days, featuring the world’s greatest musicians in various genres (Rock, R&B, Hip-Hop, EDM, etc).
The event was held online in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic and postponed in 2021 due to Tokyo Olympics, but Summer Sonic came back in 2022 summer with the world’s greatest artists. The confirmed acts include THE 1975, Post Malone, Off Spring, The Libertines, KASABIAN and Primal Scream, and more to be announced!
Date: 11, 12, 13 August 2023
The biggest beach festival in Western Japan, MUSIC CIRCUS is held annually at Osaka Sennan Rinku Park (Rinku Minamihama Beach). The outdoor festival features mainly dance music, and some of the world’s greatest DJs and artists performing for 3 days.
Venue: Osaka Sennan Long Park
Ticket info: https://music-circus.jp/
ULTRA JAPAN is the biggest EDM festival in Japan which was first held in 2013. The event features great dance music performed by the world’s famous artists and DJs such as Skrillex, Deadmou5, Afrojack, The Chainsmokers and more. Over 100,000 visitors join the event each year.
Which music festival do you wish to join?? Don’t miss a chance to party with the world greatest singers, bands and DJs this summer in Japan!
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